Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) - Enlightenment Ales
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Reviews by NEhophead:
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
25.4 fl oz brown bottle served in a chalice.
Batch #1; note alcohol by volume is listed at 6.8%.
Dirty straw in color beneath a carbonation-heavy, foamy, white head that holds for a few moments before thinning to an intact sheet. Condensed lacing with pretty good strength.
A variety of aromas going on here that match the Saison-American IPA hybrid description. Sweet Belgian candy sugar that just slightly outweighs the earthen must and spicy clove character. Wet, oily citrus hops; mild to moderate pine aromas as well.
The initial sweetness is assertive, yet short-lived. Almost immediately, the Saison-like flavors take over: earthen must with somewhat non-descriptive floral hops; mild pepper and coriander. The 'west coast' hop profile is present in its sweet-citrus flavors; however, it feels almost thin compared to the candied sweetness and muddy-earthen 'Saison'-driven flavors.
Medium bodied. Pretty delicate flavors propped up by a smooth, rounded body.
Overall, a pretty creative offering that just doesn't fire on all cylinders. Worth a try from such a small start up, but not a must buy.
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 23:55:13 | More by NEhophead
More User Reviews:
4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served in a snifter at The Glenville Stops in Allston.
Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow with no vision of anything. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Floral, citrus, pungent, powdery yeast, green apple, pilsner, and pale malts.
Taste: Same as the aroma with mild tingly bitterness in the rear.
Mouthfeel: Mild tingly bitterness, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and a little chewy.
Overall: A good hoppy farmhouse ale. Enjoyed over the past few years and many more times in the future too.
Serving type: on-tap
06-09-2014 22:53:44 | More by Flounder57
3.76/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A-Hazy yellow in color. Big head fills up the remainder of my sample glass.
S-Tropical fruit hoppiness. Grassy hops as well. Funky, barny yeast complements the hops.
T-Hops are citrusy, herbal and grassy. I get some peach as well. The rustic Saison yeast is quite zesty and funky.
M-Medium bodied. Reasonably bitter. Alcohol hidden. Lots of carbonation.
O-A good blend between two styles of beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 17:32:17 | More by VelvetExtract
Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) from Enlightenment Ales
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.